coincidence today that president obama is invoking dr. king's legacy, calling on americans to do something for each other on a national day of service. the president is continuing a tradition he started before his first inauguration. on this national day of service, president obama led by example. he and the first lady volunteered at an elementary school honoring the life and legacy of dr. martin luther king just before -- just as he did before his first inauguration. >> it's a symbol of how our democracy works and how we peacefully transfer power. but it should also be an affirmation that we're all in this together. >> not far away, the vice president and a bunch of bidens helped to pack supply kits for members of the u.s. military. across the country, an estimated quarter million people did something to help someone else. there were clothing drives in manhattan, volunteers added a little life to the walls of a senior center, and as required by the constitution, president obama will take the oath at the white house tomorrow. then again monday in a grand ceremony at the capitol.
next. >>> dr. martin luther king's memory and legacy rolls on, literally. hundreds of people rode the annual freedom train today. nbc bay area's joe rosato jr. showed us what made today's march even more special. >> reporter: 25 years ago as the freedom train left san jose for san francisco, 7-year-old melissa cooke was aboard with her grandmother. >> my grandmother, she's always made sure that she's kept us up to date on what's going on in the world. >> reporter: today cooke returned to the train for the first time since. she wanted to experience the celebration of martin luther king jr. as an adult while honoring her grandma. >> a lot of what she did for me, opening my eyes to the world around me made me the person i am today. >> reporter: for many this is about remembering the people who paved the way and no one, they said, has as wide a path as dr. king. >> he was surrounded with by violence, but he always would opt for -- >> reporter: honoring king in the civil rights movement has taken place more than 30 years buts as the train reached san francisco there was an extra meetin
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